Jeanne Peterson - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

August 16, 1921 - June 23, 2013

Jeanne Arland Peterson, Matriarch of the musical Peterson Family, went home to be with the Lord on June 23, 2013. She was 91. Preceded in death by her parents, Emma and Narcisse Pouliot, husband, Willie Peterson, son, Jeffrey Brian, brothers, Donald and Raymond Pouliot and sister, Joanne Steinberg-Brand. Survived by her sister, Rita Loken ( Herb ); children, Linda Peterson-DeLaire ( John ); Billy Peterson; Patty Peterson-Paster ( Stuart ); Ricky Peterson ( Lou Ann ); and Paul Peterson ( Julie ); grandchildren, Jason, Tracy, Teresa ( Shawn ), Joshua ( Erica ), Vanessa, Isaac ( Andrea ), Angela, Noah ( Maija ), Will, Ricky, Kelly, Jordan and Taylor; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Sam, Mikayla, Clara, Skylar, Colton, Wyatt, Madeleine and Broden; and her many nephews and nieces.

Memorials to Jeanne Arland Peterson Music Foundation, P.O. Box 390697, Minneapolis, MN 55439-0697.


  1. Laura Morgan says:

    Loss of a love one leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Mrs. Peterson has left us with many fond memories.
    Our deepest symthaty to the entire Peterson family.
    Jeff and Laura Morgan

    Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.

  2. Tom Flynn says:

    To all the Petersons,
    May the Lord bless you and keep you
    May He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you
    May He lift His countenance to you and give you peace

  3. Ramona (TePoel) Manke says:

    Our dear Aunt Jeanne, never judging always loving. Sing for Jesus, play, play for the Lord. Heaven is a much more wonderful place with Jeanne there. Bless you all Petersons.


  4. Marge Charmoli says:

    I feel so blessed to have gotten acquainted with Jeanne and her lovely and talented family during the past few years. We Minnesotans are so lucky that she graced us with her presence and gifts for so many years. What a legacy of music and love.

    My heartfelt condolences go out to all of the Petersons. Jeanne was a class act and her passing has left a huge void in the heart and soul of Minnesota’s musical community.

    She will be dearly missed by many.

  5. Denny Berry says:

    Billy, I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to the entire Peterson family. Your Mom was a class act. Seeing your Mother, and family, at her last concert in Hopkins was an honor.

  6. Carol Oksness says:

    My deepest condolences go out to all of you. What a tribute to a beautiful lady with so much music in her heart and soul.. Her legacy will live on and on.
    God bless,
    The Oksness Family

  7. Helen Inglis says:

    Jeanne leaves us a world richer and more beautiful because of her joyful and masterful artistry as well as a formidable group of offsprings who will carry on her legacy of musical talent. It has been a great privilege to know her. With deep condolences to all.

  8. Jack Jodell says:

    My sincere condolences to Ricky and all of the extended Peterson family. You have lost a remarkable woman – a giant in talent, heart, responsibility, and so many other ways, really – and she will never be replaced. All who knew her were blessed with the privilege. Reunited at long last with Willie now, may they both rest together in eternal peace, joy, and heavenly comfort.

  9. Michele Arrell Jerison says:

    I am so sorry for all the Peterson family for your loss. Joe Arrell, my father, was Jeanne’s first cousin. I have so many happy, rich memories of our family reunions with Jeanne playing the piano and singing and the whole family, especially Uncle Bill, singing along.I remember Aunt Emma at Uncle Luke’s summer cottage and the Steinbergs, also such a nice and warm family. I remember Willie Peterson too and how nice he was. He wanted to teach me how to improvise on the piano. I invited their band to play for a dance at St. Catherine’s when I was a student there. I remember how proud they were of their children’s playing too – how we got to hear them all at their home. I remember during the summers we spent in Minneapolis seeing Jeanne and Willie on TV and later listening to them on the radio playing for the Twins Seventh Inning Stretch. I wanted to let you know that there is some part of your extended family who have such warm and wonderful memories of your Mother – Joe Arrell’s kids. Love to all of you.

    • Jordi Bordas says:

      My name is Jordi Bordas. I would very much like to get in touch with Michele Arrell. It’s a long time since I heard from her. If you can help, I would be very grateful.

      My email is

  10. John Sikorra says:

    Wish I could have been there with all my extended family! Love you guys and hope to be in touch in the future. Some siblings were able to make it and I am already hearing how wonderful the service was.
    I will never forget as a child sitting next to Jeanne and watching her hands fly across the keys and the amazing melodies that came out of that piano in the basement of the Steinberg house!
    The heavens, I am sure, are rejoicing with the lovely melodies that she is playing now for the angels!
    God be with you all!

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